Our feet carry us through this life. They bear our weight and they connect us to our foundation on earth. Many, many beings have walked this earth to experience life's beautiful, raw energy. We are just one precious, singular manifestation among them.
In many eastern traditions, the feet are considered to be both sacred and profane. Guests are offered water to cleanse their feet upon entering the home of their host. Many rituals and prayers around the world commence with the cleansing of the feet. In this spirit, we begin our ritual of cleansing the feet.Read More
The breath may seem so simple, but it is so profound. It is intimately linked to and has a direct influence on the body, mind, and emotions. Breathing techniques like Bhramari Pranayama have also been shown be incredibly effective self-regulation techniques for anyone suffering from anxiety and PTSD. It is no wonder techniques to control and direct the breath have been practiced for centuries, especially techniques to prepare yoga practitioners for the journey inward toward concentration, contemplation, and meditation.Read More
Mudra is a sanskrit word meaning seal. In yoga it refers to gestures or attitudes which can be psychic, emotional, devotional, or simply for aesthetic effect. Mudras are used to influence the flow of prāṇa, or life-sustaining energy as well as to alter mood or increase concentration and focus on an object of meditation. A mudra can be a simple gesture with the hands or it can be a complex and prescriptive combination of body posture, subtle physical movements including muscular contractions and breathing techniques along with visualization.Read More
Abhyanga massage is a popular Ayurvedic practice often paired with a cleanse, prescribed for the purpose of moving lymphatic fluid. It is the perfect self-care ritual for anointing and nourishing the entire body. Massaging with warm oil stabilizes and relaxes the mind, alleviates parched skin, promotes improved circulation, and maintains the skin’s youthful glow. Meet your new favorite ritual.Read More
One purpose of yoga is to help us carry out simultaneous self-analysis and self-development. We use awareness techniques and practice listening within so that we are better able to positively develop ourselves. There are many techniques and practices that aim at this; one of the most simple and profound is the practice of shavasana.Read More
Feeling a little stuck in your yoga practice? Refocus your attention inward. Jolisa shares some insights from the mat to help you move deeper into yoga, beyond the posture!Read More